The Imposter is nearly impossible to believe, even when you know going in it’s a documentary of real events. The British film focuses on the story of a young American teenager named Nicolas, who reappears in France years after his disappearance. But that’s only the beginning.
For those who haven’t heard much about the film I’m hesitant to give too much away. Needless to say not everything about Nicholas is exactly what it seems. Told through a mixture of first-person accounts and recreations, The Imposter has a bit of an Unsolved Mysteries feel to it, but it’s far more bizarre than any tale Robert Stack brought to viewers’ attention.
Director Bart Layton‘s documentary is a disturbing look at a story so unbelievable Hollywood would have to make it up if it wasn’t already true. Filled with several twists and turns, the film will continue to surprise, even if you already know the big twist (although it’s given up pretty earlier in the film I won’t spoil it here).
The documentary only includes on extra of note, a documentary on the making of the film featuring the planning and shooting the recreations and a heated debate about the film’s choice of narrator and the film’s overall objectivity.
[Indomina, DVD $19.97]